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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "fund beneficiary" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: fund delivering parcel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2020 11:57:18 +0100
Subject: COMPENSATION FUNDS PAYMENT
*Supervising officer-UN(London office)The United Nations HeadquartersUnited
Nations Compensation Unit.International Monetary Fund*
*In Affiliation with the *Brazilian Ambassador to the United States
*New York, NY 10017*
Dear Fund Beneficiary:
This is to inform you that, We have been working towards the eradication of
fraudsters and scam Artists in America, Africa, and Europe with the help of
the Organization of African Unity (OAU) United Nations (UN), European Union
(EU), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and FBI.
We have been able to track down so many of this scam artist in various
parts of African and South American countries, and they are all in
Government custody now, they will appear at International Criminal Court
(ICC) Hague (Netherlands) soon for Criminal/Fraud Justice. During the
course of our investigation, we have been able to recover so much money
from these scam artists.
The United Nations Anti-Crime Commission and the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) have ordered the money recovered from these Scammers to be
shared among the people around the world who may have been a victim for
This Email/Letter is been directed to you because your email address was
found in one of the Scam Artists file and computer hard-disk
during our investigation, maybe you have been scammed or not, you are
therefore being compensated with the sum of $5.200,000.00 (five Million two
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).
We have also arrested some of those who claim that they are barristers,
bank officials, Lottery Agents who have been sending you SMS on your phone
that you have won a lottery that does not exist. Since your email address
appeared among the lucky beneficiaries who will receive this compensation
funds, we have arranged your payment to be paid to you and this fund is
coming from our Brazil office.
Respond with the below details by clicking the reply. As soon as you
establish a contact, Your funds will be confirmed for release
1.Your Full Name: ..........................
2. Home Address ..........................
Click reply to this email and confirm your details with us now with your
payment code: ST/DPI/829 now.
* Amb Nestor Forster Jr. International Affairs *
* Brazilian Ambassador to the United States*